Pentax K-50 with pop-up flash extended
|Type||Digital single-lens reflex camera|
|Sensor||APS-C 23.7×15.7 mm CMOS sensor|
|Maximum resolution||16.3 million effective pixels|
|ASA/ISO range||ISO 100–51 200 in 1, 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps|
|Recording medium||SD, SDHC, SDXC (Eye-Fi compatible)|
|Exposure metering||TTL open-aperture metering with choice of: 77-segment evaluative, center-weighted & spot metering|
|Flash||Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash. 1/180s sync speed.|
|Shutter speed range||30-1/6000 s, Bulb|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism, near-100% coverage, 0.92x magnification|
|Rear LCD monitor||3", 921k pixels with AR coating, adjustable for brightness and color|
|Battery||Lithium-Ion D-Li109 rechargeable battery or four AA batteries (with optional AA battery holder D-BH109)|
|Weight||With battery and SD card: 650 grams (1.43 lb)
Without battery: 590 grams (1.30 lb)
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.3-megapixel mid-level Pentax digital single-lens reflex camera, announced on 12 June 2013. It is the direct successor to the Pentax K-30 model, both of which are weather-sealed.
The main differences over the Pentax K-30 include a more traditional body design, 120 available body color combinations, higher max ISO range (up to 51 200), compatibility with Eye-Fi cards and an improved kit lens (Pentax K-30 included the DA L 18-55mm lens, while Pentax K-50 bundles a water-resistant version, the DA L 18-55mm WR, both with plastic mounts).
Among APS-C mid-range DSLRs
Among competing APS-C mid-range DSLRs, the Pentax K-50 has the smallest body, although it is 4 mm wider than its nearest rival, the Nikon D5300. The body is made from stainless steel and polycarbonate resin, as is the Canon EOS 700D. The Pentax K-50 has an onboard microphone but lacks the audio-in port of most comparable cameras, limiting its usefulness to videographers. Pentax is the only company to include a weather-resistant kit lens, Pentax K-50 with DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, while the higher-model Pentax K-3 offers the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR in one of its kits. The Pentax K-50 is available for around $300 (body only) and less than $400 with kit lens, as of the end of July 2015, which puts it at a very low price point compared to its competition (Canon EOS 70D, Canon EOS 700D, Nikon D5300, Nikon D7100 and Pentax K-3).
The Pentax K-500 is an entry-level sibling of the Pentax K-50, sharing almost all of its features. The main differences between the two cameras are the K-500's lack of colored body options (only black), electronic level, weather sealing, and focus point visualisation through the optical viewfinder. As a consequence of the lack of weather sealing, this camera is bundled with the non-weather-sealed DA L 18-55mm kit lens, and most variants of the camera come with an AA battery holder included as opposed to the D-Li109 rechargeable Li-ion battery included with the K-50. However, the camera is still compatible with the aforementioned Li-ion battery.
- "Pentax announces K-50 and K-500 mid- and entry-level DSLRs". 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- "First impressions of the Pentax K50 and K500". Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Simon Crisp. "2013 Mid-Range DSLR Comparison Guide". Retrieved January 31, 2014.
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